Britain Unveils New Prototype Stealth UAV
The Taranis UAV.
CREDIT: BAE Systems
At this point, Predator drones are a throwback like bellbottoms and grunge. Next generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — or UAVs — integrate stealth technology, continent-spanning range and precision strike capabilities. Thanks to a three-year development, Britain finally has a homemade drone aircraft with those advanced capabilities.
UK Ministry of Defence unveiled the prototype unmanned combat aircraft, Taranis, earlier today in Warton, England. The drone was developed by BAE Systems, a British military technology firm.
Named after the Celtic god of thunder, the concept plane will test the possibility of developing Britain's first autonomous, stealthy, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even those on other continents.
Should the UAV enter into service, it would remain under the control of highly trained military crews on the ground at all times.